Bayelsa State government recruits 1,000 civil servants
The 1,000 lucky recruits, who went through an excruciating process spanning over eight months, were among the over 23,000 Bayelsan youths that went through the selection process.
The Governor, who had earlier visited the Okaka Prison, as part of his birthday celebration, had offered to bear the cost of enrolling 49 prison inmates for the next NECO and WAEC examinations.
The Governor during the unscheduled visit to the Okaka Prisons in Yenagoa interacted with some inmates who are undergoing studies for the ordinary level examinations.
According to his Special Adviser on Media Relations, Fidelis Soriwei, Governor Dickson, accompanied by his wife, Dr. Rachel Dickson, had earlier visited and donated various items to the Gloryland Motherless Children’s Home at Opolo, as part of activities marking his 52nd birthday.
Addressing the new public servants, Dickson, said he believes that opportunities should be given to everybody and not only the rich and the strong.
The Governor said the employment of the 1,000 public servants was the first since the state was created in 1996, calling on the employed youths to help take the state to the next level.
He said: “If we to continue create opportunities and to give benefit to those who have people who can speak for them, who will speak for the several others who have no one to speak for them?
“This 1,000 list is for the first time completely and solely on merit. That is why if you go through the list I never gave any name to the Chairman of the Civil Service Commission, my wife never gave him list, I never gave anybody an opportunity to interfere with the process.
“We have to change this state, and we can do it together; we have to take this state to the new level. Creating a new Bayelsa is not just about the roads, the bridges, schools and the hospitals that we build, but about building capacity of the youths.
“I want to congratulate you, 1000 of you that were until yesterday, unemployed or jobless, but who today and now will become fully employed, productive members of the society.”
The Governor, who also announced automatic employment for Bayelsa indigenes who graduate as medical doctors, and who want to work in the state civil service, said very soon, he will announced vacancy in other sectors.
Earlier in his welcome remark, the Chairman of the State’s Civil Service Commission, Peter Singabele, said the employment exercise which began in June last year, was purely on merit as directed by the state governor.
He said the Commission received over 23, 000 applications of which the 1,000 newly employed civil servants emerged after a rigorous exercise that spanned over eight months.
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